In 2017 the British Craft Pavilion brought 36 makers from around the UK to the heart of East London in the Old Truman Brewery. Working in partnership with Hole and Corner we gave the 36 makers a platform to exhibit their work to over 28,000 international visitors.
For 2018 the British Craft Pavilion returns with an exciting new project on an even larger scale. Partnering with Hole and Corner, 40 makers are been selected to take part in an outstanding display of British craftsmanship. See below for a selection of this year's participants.
Disrupting the perfection of the potter's wheel Naomi Bikis creates sculptural ceramic forms which blur the boundaries between sculpture and function. Working with beige and Vulcan black stoneware Naomi's pieces are thrown, sliced into, and then reassembled. Finally, they are finished off with a porcelain slip glaze which cracks to give the appearance of a slightly decaying surface.
"I established Bikis Ceramics just over a year ago with a vision to create sculptural ceramics. My goal is to create beautiful objects that blur the boundaries between sculpture and function. I am fascinated by collapsed clay, bulbous forms along with developing decaying and textured glazes."
Joel Parkes | Zero Studio
With humble beginnings in his Dad's shed in Dorset, Joel Parkes has developed and diversified his practice, now collaborating with artists on projects both small and large. Having developed a unique technique which encourages wood to explode and crack, he creates sculptural forms from the finest materials, with each piece representing as a stage in its own lifecycle.
"I am striving for ‘craft’ to be recognised as fine art. I disagree but craft likes to be simple and doesn’t itself strive. My pieces do not exist as static post-utility objects. Each piece is represented as a stage in its own lifecycle."
Maria Sigma Woven Textiles
Using exceptional natural materials, London-based designer Maria Sigma creates contemporary textiles that celebrate long-established traditional craft techniques. Working with raw natural materials, with a focus on texture and tactility Maria creates handcrafted timeless heirloom that speaks to both her Greek heritage and her fascination with the British landscape.
"My approach to design is based on the idea of creating beautiful functional textiles and objects through 'zero waste' design and craftsmanship by re-interpreting traditional craft techniques in a lively and contemporary way."
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